A Grand Day Out in Yorkshire

Twas!

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Adult male Surf Scoter. Filey Brigg. Martin Standley. To see more of Martin’s awesome pics go to Martin’s East Yorkshire Wildlife Bog.

640RSPB & Biotope tour poster MGA thoroughly invigorating and inspiring evening had already been had last night (Friday) at the Flamborurgh Golf Club. So let’s  have a proper mañana day.

Last night’s gig went well:

After inspiring us at the soirée, the RSPB’s Graham White (Chief Ecological Officer) and Tormod Amundsen (Biotope) came by this a.m. after hearty local ‘Big Breakfast’ and we headed to Water Lane. Bingo! The adult Greenland White-front was there and then flew  off and then  was there again. Which stimulated a nice local twitch for several regulars who had not yet seen this first record for the Head.

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The Adult Greenland White-front– and a source of some fascinating and disturbing issues in the species breeding biology.  P.S. Why is this a subspecies?

Local Twitch!

Local Twitch!

 

A hugely useful couple of hours with Graham explore the inspired work of John Beaumont’s team efforts at Thornwick as the new pool is raw and spring-action ready.

 

 

John Beaumont (Flamborough Bird Obs), Graham White (RSPB), Keith Clarkson (RSPB), Tormod Amundsen (Biotope) and Craig Thomas (FBO) planning and dreaming!

John Beaumont (Flamborough Bird Obs), Graham White (RSPB), Keith Clarkson (RSPB), Tormod Amundsen (Biotope) and Craig Thomas (FBO) planning and dreaming!

Back and home and a Patchtick in the garden- First Brambling seen this year at Flamborough. Even when photo crap, if it’s a tick…

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Black-bellied Dipper

Post lunch ‘Smooth Phil’ called by and we headed over to to check out a taxon, unusually for me, which I have not encountered in Britain before. A lovely performing Black-bellied Dipper. Slung low in darkish cover on dull afternoon. It nevertheless showed marvellously.

Black-bellied Dipper  at Kelk Beck, Harpham, East Yorks. Photo by  Brett R. who pinned it down and passed on the gen.

Black-bellied Dipper at Kelk Beck, Harpham, East Yorks. Photo by Brett R. who pinned it down and passed on the gen.

 

Surf Scoter

Finally up to Filey Brigg for the hottie of the day, a newly found adult Male Surf Scoter.

Martin Standley and I had been messaging to try and get him on the Greenland White-front. Rather glad he gave up and went and photographed the scoter! You can see why:

More at Martin’s site East Yorkshire Wildlife Bog.

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We didn’t go as close as Martin to the Surfer, viewing for the cliff top instead. Still amazes me where we have come and what we can even video from such a range…

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Not the same but OK at de lonnnnnge range 🙂

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